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Take Control of High Sierra
Sep 25, 2017

Take Control of High Sierra

Head off into High Sierra with confidence!

Looking for a high-quality, in-depth guide to High Sierra? Look no further than Take Control of High Sierra by former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland! An expanded version of Scholle’s popular Crash Course on macOS (previously for Sierra and El Capitan), Take Control of High Sierra covers all the changes Apple has made in High Sierra, and how best to adapt them to your own needs.

You’ll learn great details about High Sierra, like how it’s now possible to take live photos of a FaceTime conversation, type instead of talk to Siri, and easily share files through iCloud. You’ll also learn about the big changes Apple has made behind the scenes in High Sierra, including rolling out a new file system, improved video support, and support for VR. In addition, Scholle explains what has changed in Apple apps, including Safari, Mail, and Photos.

You’ll also discover lots of helpful tips on using High Sierra, including how to:

  • Find files, tweak System Preferences, and control apps (like iTunes) with Siri
  • Use Spotlight to find files and facts from all kinds of sources
  • Create tabs in a variety of Apple and third-party apps (not just Safari)
  • Open Mission Control view to easily see all of your windows at once
  • Navigate Notification Center, including the new Now Playing widget in High Sierra
  • Update your Safari preferences for specific sites and preventing advertisers from tracking your searches
  • Create, sync, and organize your Notes, and use new High Sierra features to Pin a Note and Add a Table in Notes
  • Use Universal Clipboard to copy and paste between Macs
  • Share files instantly between Macs, iPhones, and iPads with AirDrop
  • Use iCloud Drive to collaborate with other users
  • Set up separate user accounts to allow multiple people to use the same Mac
What's New

The first version of this book offered early access to tips and tricks available in High Sierra’s public beta software. Version 1.1, based on the shipping version of High Sierra, adds chapters about several topics:

  • Storage Management: High Sierra’s new file system and space-saving improvements to apps like Mail help preserve precious storage space, but the macOS also includes built-in tools to wrangle your bytes.

  • iCloud Family Sharing: Learn how to use iCloud Family Sharing to simplify sharing media and more with family members. High Sierra streamlines sharing with a revamped Manage Family pane and lets you share an iCloud storage plan with your group.

  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshoot Mac Problems helps you prepare for everyday difficulties. This chapter includes High Sierra-specific issues that affect Boot Camp, external drives, and Microsoft Office.

You’ll also find the following bits of new information:

  • Mail includes a new Spotlight-powered feature that makes it easier to find relevant messages when you search, as explained in “Peruse Mail’s Top Hits.”

  • Apple’s digital assistant offers new and improved voices. Learn how to use them in “Change Siri’s Voice or Language.” See an updated technique for activating Siri with your voice in “Hey, Start Siri!”

  • An iTunes update right before High Sierra shipped changed how we find and download previously purchased iOS apps. Learn more in “Where’d My Old iOS Apps Go?”

  • The book contains more detail about which Macs upgrade automatically to use the new file system introduced in High Sierra. We also found out that the initial release of High Sierra does not support APFS on Fusion drives; if you converted any during the beta period, you’ll need to revert them to the old file system. See “One Big Caveat.”

  • The feature that once let you follow an RSS feed in the Safari sidebar is gone as of Safari 11. Learn how to cope in “Bye-Bye, Safari Shared Links.”

  • How you go from your Mac to an iOS device using Handoff has changed slightly. See “Move Between Devices with Handoff.”

Update Plans

September 25, 2017 – Version 1.1 of the book is up to date with the release version of High Sierra. However, we still expect to see changes in future updates to High Sierra, and if circumstances warrant, we will update the book when the time comes.

Posted by Joe Kissell

The Author

Scholle McFarland has been covering the Mac since 1996 as an editor at MacUser magazine and then Macworld. During that time, she witnessed Apple transform from everyone’s favorite “doomed” company to everyone’s actually favorite company and is still amazed by the whole thing.

When she’s not working as a freelance writer and editor, Scholle (“Sholly”) likes to hang out with her family, friends, and many animals in beautiful Portland, Oregon.